One More Step and You'll Get Pseudo-Imperatives Right

Publication
TitleOne More Step and You'll Get Pseudo-Imperatives Right
Publication TypeJournal Article
Année de publication2008
AuthorsJayez, J., & Dargnat M.
JournalProceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 13
Date Published2008
KeywordsSHS.LANGUE Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Abstract

We consider pseudo-imperatives like Come near (and) I'll show you, which have a conditional interpretation (‘if you come near, I'll show you'). We show that they have basically the same semantics as Sufficiency Modal Constructions studied by von Fintel and Iatridou (2007). We provide a detailed analysis of ‘sufficiency' in Lewis's counterfactual framework, extending the analysis to pseudo-declaratives. We discuss the possible origins of the construction and offer a characterisation of the syntax-semantics interface.

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